NSCS: Drivers Believe Outside Lane Will Be Key Sunday at Dover


DOVER, Del. — Throughout the weekend’s on-track sessions at Dover, drivers were quickly exploring the outside lane of the track. Leaving the bottom lane, hugging the apron, used to be unheard of at Dover international Speedway – much like leaving the inside lane at Martinsville Speedway. But more than recent years, drivers believe that the outside line will be the place to be to make passes.

“Oh yeah. There will be cars up against the wall tomorrow.” – Joey Logano

“I think tomorrow will be better…” said Logano after Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Dover where it was difficult to pass on the outside. “… with the added horsepower of the Cup cars and it seems guys move around a lot more up the race track.”

Logano put the spotlight on the horsepower as the prime reason for lack of passing during the NNS race.

“When you don’t have much horsepower, the shortest distance seems to be the best because you don’t have a bunch of power to try to bolt on an exit, so I think that’s why we see that in Nationwide cars.”

Logano came home second in the 200-lap event behind Kyle Busch, who also expressed similar thoughts on the passing opportunities.

“I thought that there was going to be a better outside lane,” said Busch after winning his fifth NNS race of 2014. “When you’re out front and your car is good and you’re on the bottom – there’s no way that anybody can beat you like that. Its tough to make up ground on guys when they’re better than you and they’re running the groove you want to run.”

Even the track’s most successful warrior, Jimmie Johnson, explained how brutal this track can be.

“The line is very high up there, or out there, and that’s what makes this place so much fun is that you attack and you drive so hard and you get up to the line and build confidence in it, but the second you step over the line, this places eats you.”

Sunday’s AAA 400 will decide who advances to the “Contender Round” where 16 drivers will shrink to 12 for the next round of championship contention.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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